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Daily Mass: An urgent call to repent. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus speaks of the crucial call to repent referring to both recent tragedies and a parable.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 29th Week of the Year


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St. John Paul II, pray for us!

29th Sunday of the Year: Moses offers an example of prayer and support. Catholic Inspiration

Moses, with the help of Aaron and Hur, continues to pray during a battle. This witness of prayer, tenacity and cooperation speaks to many of our daily challenges, including our Cathedral Centennial Campaign.

If you would like to help us with this historic work, you can request a brochure by emailing us at and we will send it ASAP. Please keep us in your prayers!

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year


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Study, Pray, Serve: 23rd Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the themes in the readings for the 23rd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Wisdom 9:13-18b

  • Our limitations often prevent us from knowing what the Lord intends.
  • God does, however, give us wisdom and the holy spirit to instruct us.

Psalm – 90:3-6,12-17

  • “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.”
  • We recognize our limitations and we call upon the Lord for help.

2nd Reading – Philemon 1:9-10,12-17

  • Paul, now an old man, urges the proper care of Onesimus, a runaway slave.

Gospel – Luke 14:25-33

  • Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Jesus cannot be his disciple.
  • We renounce the power of possessions in our lives as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – 23rd Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: When our faith in God is tested. Catholic Inspiration

The tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – my photo during my last pilgrimage.

The Apostles declare that they “must obey God and not men” as they stand before the hostile Sanhedrin. Risking their lives, they show us the test of faith…even to the point of death.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Christ calls (us) sinners. Catholic Inspiration

The call of Levi offers us an example of how Christ invites us (wounded, broken and sinful) to follow Him. As Levi accepted this call and invited others to meet Jesus, may we take heart as the Lord calls us today.

Mass Readings – Saturday after Ash Wednesday


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Daily Mass: Who do we think we’re kidding? Catholic Inspiration

Both Jesus and the Psalmist show us that God knows us through-and-through. Rather than pretend (and become hypocrites,) we have the opportunity today to acknowledge our sins with humility and receive the grace of God.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 21st Week of the Year (St. Monica)


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Daily Mass: Pick up your Cross and follow Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus speaks bluntly in the Gospel of Matthew, making it crystal clear that his disciple must take up his cross and follow the Lord in order to enter into eternal life.

Are you ready?

Mass Readings – Friday of the 18th Week of the Year


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Life, change, and the need to keep learning.

Life is all about change and growth. For the last few years I have used the “old” editor with my WordPress account, and I have decided to jump in with the new editor before technology leaves me in the dust.

That being said, I will need to take some time to work out all the kinks, and I ask for your patience if my upcoming posts and podcasts reflect my learning curve.

God bless you!

14th Sunday of the Year: Serving the Lord

Study: Consider an experience where you were sent out to do a task.  What was difficult?  Where did you find strength to carry it out?

Pray:  Is there something you are feeling called to do, but find it challenging?  Ask the Lord for the grace to make it happen!

Serve:  How can you help those who are doing the Lord’s work right now?  How can you support missionaries, service groups, and those who care for the sick?

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel of Luke recounts how Jesus sent out 72 disciples.  Note these features:

  • There is great need (The harvest is rich, the laborers are few…”)
  • They go out in pairs – to support each other
  • They come with peaceful hearts
  • They travel simply, trusting in the providence of God
  • They cure the sick
  • They proclaim the Kingdom of God

And they are successful!  They return to Jesus, rejoicing that even demons are cast out by the power of the Lord’s name.

What a powerful reminder that we, too, are sent by the Lord.  God calls us, empowers us, and directs our lives to bring faith, hope and love to those who cross our path.  Let’s apply the Gospel reading then accordingly:

  1. There is great need – among the people we know and love
  2. We can work together: family, friends, as a parish or community
  3. The Peace of Jesus Christ guides our words and actions
  4. We focus more on people, less on material things
  5. We seek to promote healing at all times
  6. We proclaim the Good News of Christ

Christ sent out his disciples with great success, and he continues to call forth disciples today to continue his saving work.  May we respond with open hearts as we make a difference among the people God places before us.


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Note: This post was first published on June 27, 2016.

Farewell to Fr. Ed. Catholic Inspiration

Msgr. Ed Meulemans was my pastor when I arrived at the Cathedral as a newly ordained priest in 1997.  Over the years he has been a great friend and mentor, teaching me many lessons about discipleship and priesthood.  May he rest in peace!


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